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Mon Jul 31 1995

FYI: Ph.D thesis via ftp, DGfS Summer School

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  1. , Ph.D thesis (postscript) available via ftp
  2. Anne-Marie Mineur, DGfS Summer School 'Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes'

Message 1: Ph.D thesis (postscript) available via ftp

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 10:40:42 Ph.D thesis (postscript) available via ftp
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Subject: Ph.D thesis (postscript) available via ftp

Dear LINGUIST netters,

 The following ph.d thesis on Mandarin reflexives is available
via anonymous ftp at the URLs: (for US letter size) (for non-USletter size)

It has around 300 pages with two pages on one
sheet of paper. Retrieving instructions and thesis abstract are
given below. Comments are welcome!
 Please let me know if you experience any problem in retrieving
or printing the thesis.


Dr. Pan, Haihua
Department of Chinese, Translation Phone: (852)2788-8795
 and Linguistics Fax: (852)2788-8706
City University of Hong Kong Email:

- ---------------Instructions for FTP Retrieval-------------

% ftp
Name: anonymous OR ftp
Password: (type your full email address here)
ftp> cd drop-box
ftp> bin
ftp> get (for non-US paper size) OR
ftp> get (for US letter size)
ftp> quit

On unix machines, do the following to print the file:

% gunzip pan-thesis*
 (this is to decompress the file)

% lpr OR
 (or use any other printing commands to print it out)

- ----------------------------Abstract------------------------

 Locality, Self-Ascription, Discourse Prominence,
 and Mandarin Reflexives

 Haihua Pan, Ph.D
 The University of Texas at Austin, 1995

 Supervisors: Manfred Krifka and Robert F. Simmons

Mandarin reflexive `ziji' has challenged many syntacticians to probe for
its properties and specifically its relationship to Binding Condition A
(BCA), which dictates that an anaphor must be bound by a syntactically
prominent (or c-commanding) noun phrase in a very local domain (Governing
Category or GC). The basic strategy employed in most analyses is to try
to show that BCA also applies to `ziji', even though `ziji' apparently
violates it by allowing long-distance binding.

Based on textual search of large corpora on usages of `ziji', `benren',
`benshen', `zishen', and their compound forms, this thesis claims that
a semantic factor `self-ascription' and a discourse factor `prominence'
play an essential role in the interpretation of Mandarin reflexives.
Following the spirit of Baker (1994) who makes a fundamental distinction
between syntactic binding and discourse prominence, this thesis argues
for the separation of contrastive and non-contrastive reflexives. While
members of the former class (`benren', `benshen', `zishen', contrastive
`ziji' and their compound forms) are constrained by discourse prominence,
members of the latter class (non-contrastive `ziji' and `ta ziji') are
constrained by either locality or 'self-ascription'. The thesis further
argues that two usages of non-contrastive `ziji' should be recognized.
While the first usage, including `ta ziji', is constrained by locality
and compatibility conditions, the other usage is regulated by `self-
ascription'; that is, the self-ascription `ziji' is a `de se' anaphor,
borrowing Lewis' terminology, and thus it must be bound to the most
prominent self-ascriber.

This thesis will also show that `benren', `benshen', `zishen', and their
compound forms, being inherently contrastive, differ from `ziji' and its
compound forms in the contexts accessible to them; the latter can access
linguistic contexts only, but the former can also access the situations
of utterance and world knowledge.

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Message 2: DGfS Summer School 'Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes'

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 12:12:19 DGfS Summer School 'Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes'
From: Anne-Marie Mineur <mineurCoLi.Uni-SB.DE>
Subject: DGfS Summer School 'Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes'

"Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes"

5th Summer School of the German Linguistic Society (DGFS)

Saarbr"ucken, 28. August - 8. September 1995

The Fifth Summer School of the German Linguistic Society (Deutsche
Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft) will be held between August 28th and
September 8th, 1995 at the University of Saarland (Saarbruecken, Germany).
The topic is "Language: Cognitive Structures and Processes". The programme
will cover cognitive aspects of natural language in the areas of
theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics.

* 18 courses in German and English language each course consisting of
 five 90 minute lectures as well as workshops, exercises, and
* Plenary lectures on "Language and Cognition"
* Evening lectures on the topic "Language: Cognitive Structures and
* There will be a social programme, including official reception in
 Saarbruecken castle, a Summer School party ...


Ring- Christopher Habel (Koordination): Sprache und
vorlesung Kognition

A Theoretical linguistics
Phonetics William Barry: Cognitive Aspects of Phonetics
Phonology Richard Wiese: Einf"uhrung in die Optimalit"atstheorie
Syntax Hubert Haider: Invarianten der syntaktischen
 Michael Herweg & Tibor Kiss: Theoretische und
 kognitive Aspekte einer deklarativen Grammatikanalyse
 des Deutschen. Prinzipien und Schemata der HPSG
Semantics Leonard Talmy: How Language Structures Concepts
 Gilles Fauconnier: Cognitive Semantics
 Hans Kamp: Einstellungen, Einstellungsberichte und
 sprachliche Kommunikation
 Jeff Pelletier: Formal Semantic Issues Surrounding Generic
Lexicon Dieter Wunderlich: Lexical Decomposition Grammar

B Psycholinguistics
Language comprehension Barbara Hemforth & Gerhard Strube: Kognitives Parsing
 Simon Garrod: Language Comprehension and How We Track
 the Thread of Discourse
Speech production Thomas Pechmann: Sprachproduktion
Language acquisition Werner Deutsch: Das Allgemeine und das Spezielle im
 Erstspracherwerb am Beispiel der Personreferenz
Lexicon Etta Drews & Pienie Zwitserlood: Das Mentale Lexikon
Neuro-linguistics Barbara H"ohle & Stephanie Kelter: Neurolinguistik:
 Kognitive Aphasieforschung

C Computational linguistics
Lexicon James Pustejovsky: Processes of Lexically-based
 Inference: Co-composition and Abduction
Processing models Hans Uszkoreit: Performanzmodellierung in der
Man-Maschine Wolfgang Wahlster: Prozessmodelle multimodaler
communication Kommunikation

Registration :

Early registration (before June 30th) :
Students: DM 280
Visiting scholars: DM 560
Industrial participants: DM 1100

Registration after June 30th
Students: DM 350
Visiting scholars: DM 650
Industrial participants: DM 1200

You may register from now on. We shall try to find low-priced accommodation
(applications will be dealt with on a first done, first served basis).

Information and registration:
 DGfS-Sommerschule 1995
 Universitaet des Saarlandes
 Computerlinguistik, Bau 17.2
 D-66041 Saarbruecken
 Tel.: +49 (681) 302-4444;
 Fax.: +49 (681) 302-4351
Local organization: Manfred Pinkal and Claudia Villiger

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